Poetry Night with Anne-Marie Fyfe, Cahal Dallat, and Jacquelyn Pope!

Join us at City Lit Books for Poetry Night as we welcome poets  Anne-Marie Fyfe and Cahal Dallat (visiting from London), and Jacquelyn Pope as they read from their collections and discuss their works.  

Anne-Marie Fyfe’s poems have long dwelt on the role that the spaces we inhabit, the places in which we find security, play in our lives: House of Small Absences is an observation window into strange, unsettling spaces—a deserted stage-set, our own personalised ‘museum’, a Piedmont albergo, underground cities, Midtown roof-gardens, convent orchards, a Romanian sleeper-carriage—the familiar rendered uncanny through the distorting lenses of distance and life’s exigencies, its inevitable lettings-go…

Anne-Marie Fyfe’s fifth poetry collection, House of Small Absences ) has just been published. Born in Cushendall, County Antrim, Ireland, Anne-Marie now lives in London where she works as an arts organizer. She has won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Prize, has run Coffee-House Poetry’s readings & classes at London’s leading live literature venue, the Troubadour, since 1997, is Poetry Coordinator for the annual John Hewitt International Summer School in Armagh City, & is a former chair of the UK’s Poetry Society. 

Cahal Dallat’s ground-breaking debut collection saw him hailed as ‘the unsung genius of Irish poetry’ (Guardian). The Year of Not Dancing, a profoundly autobiographical book, marks his long-awaited poetic return. This collection is dedicated to the author's mother, who died when he was eleven. Poised between past and present, between growing up in a small town in the Glens of Antrim and the worlds of adulthood and parenthood in LondonThe Year of Not Dancing explores the bonds of family and belatedly seeks to come to terms with loss through the redemptive power of memory and love. This tender, candid, and beautifully crafted collection confirms Dallat as one of the most exciting voices in Irish poetry.

C.L. Dallat, poet, musician and critic, (b. Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Ireland) lives in London where he reviews literature and the arts for the TLS and Guardian among others, and has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s weekly Saturday Review since 1998. His first poetry collection, Morning Star, was published in 1998, he won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition in 2006.

Watermark is a book of spells, prayers, and hauntings. It describes its own compressed language: "crossed double-crossed underscored" in dreamscapes writ in rain, wind, mist, and harbor water. Tact and mystery marry in these glintings of loss and of life recovered from ruin. Jacquelyn Pope is fearless in her art, and has no need to raise her voice.

Rosanna Warren

Jacquelyn Pope’s first collection of poems, Watermark, was published by Marsh Hawk Press. Hungerpots, her translation of the selected poems of Dutch poet Hester Knibbe, is forthcoming from Eyewear Publishing (UK). Her work has received the José Marti Prize and awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is the recipient of a 2015 NEA Translation Fellowship and a 2012 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
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ISBN: 9781781722404
Published: Seren - November 1st, 2015